Sliding Social Democrats Meet
Sweden’s ruling Social Democrats are preparing for his weekend’s party conference in the southern Swedish city of Malmö.
Among the issues to be discussed are proposals to force fathers to take more of their family’s parental leave benefits, and for a ban on state subsidies to private religious schools.
However, the latest opinion poll will not make for happy reading for the Social Democrats. It shows the party slipping by more than 3 points to 32 percent support. The government and its Green and Left party allies together receive just under 43 percent, compared to 51 percent for the center-right opposition.
The poll indicates that the EU-sceptical June List would get into parliament with 4.5 percent voter support, while other new parties, such as the Feminist Initiative and the Healthcare party, along with the extreme right wing Sweden Democrats, fall short, all grouped in the “other” category with 1.5 percent support altogether.